The latest offering from Scholastic Storybook Treasures that we’ve been enjoying this month is called “Why Mosquitoes Buzz in Peoples Ears…and more African Folk Tales”. This collection has five great stories which totally embrace African culture in fun way, and two which have never been before released: “Not So Fast Songololo” and “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters”. My children enjoyed all the stories in this collection but their favorite was “Who’s in Rabbit’s House” (Written by Verna Aardema, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon, narrated by James Earl Jones). My daughter paid attention to this tale 100% of the time and wouldn’t stop talking about it long after we had finished watching it.
If you know nothing of “Who’s in Rabbit’s House” you should know that it’s adapted from a Masai folktale, about a rabbit that can’t get into her house because a creature is hiding inside. The animated illustrations are of people wearing different animals masks and acting out the tale. My daughter also has been asking to watch it again and again!
Other stories that you’ll be able to enjoy feature African Jungle animals, a very hot hippo, a sweet story of a boy from south Africa spending a day with his Grandmother, a tale of how a West African village came to be, and so much more! This award winning DVD (CHILD Magzine’s Top 10 “Don’t Miss” DVDs (2004)) supports Cooperation; Friendship, and Problem Solving!
I highly recommend Why Mosquitoes Buzz in Peoples Ears…and more African Folk Tales! You can pick up a copy on Amazon.com for 12.99!